Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Jan. 17-23

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Jan. 17-23. Voting closes at midnight Sunday. The winner will be announced with the next poll and in next Tuesday’s paper. Each weekly winner will be included in an Athlete of the Month poll.

Jaytin Hara

Jaytin Hara

Last week’s winner

Jaytin Hara | Kamiak | Boys Basketball

Hara, a junior, went 13 of 14 from the free-throw line on his way to scoring a game-high 26 points as the Knights knocked off Arlington 74-60 on Jan. 15. He scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, connecting on a 3-pointer and 11 of 12 free throws, to help Kamiak pull away in the final period. Hara won The Herald’s Athlete of the Week poll for Jan. 10-16 by claiming 689 (42.5%) of 1,621 votes.

This week’s nominees

Karianne Baldwin | Glacier Peak | Girls Wrestling

Baldwin, a sophomore, beat Qunicy’s Gloria Ramirez by a 19-8 major decision to claim the 125-pound title at the Othello Lady Huskie Invite. Baldwin went 4-0 overall during the tournament, including a pair of wins via pinfall.

Dustin Baxter | Arlington | Boys Wrestling

Baxter, a junior, pinned Emerald Ridge’s Jaxon Lee to earn the 138-pound title at the Jaguar Invitational. Baxter went 3-0 in the tournament with two wins via pinfall and one by technical fall.

AJ Cline | Glacier Peak | Boys Basketball

Cline, a senior, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to secure Class 4A seventh-ranked Glacier Peak a 57-54 win over 10th-ranked Jackson on Jan. 21. Cline finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers.

Ella Gallatin | Snohomish | Girls Basketball

Gallatin, a senior, tied a school record with 38 points as 3A fifth-ranked Snohomish beat 4A seventh-ranked Lake Stevens 64-43 on Jan. 20.

Camille Jentzsch | Lake Stevens | Girls Basketball

Jentzsch, a senior, went 6 of 10 from the field on her way to 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for a double-double as 4A seventh-ranked Lake Stevens took down third-ranked Tahoma 75-66 on Jan. 17. She also had three assists.

Zackary Kotwis | Edmonds-Woodway | Boys Swim & Dive

Kotwis, a junior, won the swam the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 20.21 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:49.76 for a pair of victories in a meet against Mountlake Terrace on Jan. 20. He won the same events in a three-team meet with Meadowdale and Lynnwood on Jan. 18, finishing the 200 individual medley in 2:23.12 and the 500 freestyle in 5:49.59.

Arion Palacol | Marysville Getchell | Boys Basketball

Palacol, a freshman, converted a three-point play with six second remaining to give Marysville Getchell a 56-55 win over Monroe in a Wesco 3A/2A matchup on Jan. 20. Palacol finished with 12 points.

Josiah Pierre | Kamiak | Boys Basketball

Pierre, a junior, poured in a game-high 37 points as Kamiak thumped Kent Meridian 85-45 in a non-league game on Jan. 17.

Note: The Herald’s Athlete of the Week nominees are chosen based off stats reported to the newspaper, recommendations from coaches and first-hand observations. Stats from games and recommendations for nominees can be sent to sports@heraldnet.com.

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